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A project collective of video and music by Chris Howarth.

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I recently finished editing this video for my friend Alex Pinto of a performance he did way back in November at Viracocha in San Francisco. With the help of Tim Howarth and Tim Finn, we filmed Alex’s set with two Canon 7D’s for close ups and a Canon XH-A1 for the wide, as well as a Zoom Hn4 for the sound. Although the main goal of this shoot was to film the show, the challenge was that we ultimately wanted to edit one of the songs into a music video — we just didn’t know what song. This was a little tricky because our 7D’s have limited space in the amount of continuous footage we could capture on the cards.

Essentially, short of purchasing several larger CFs, we opted for capturing a bunch of “generic” close ups throughout each song of the set in hopes that we could use the footage regardless of what song we ended up featuring in the end. For unique shots, we tried to rotate the 7D’s on the fly for filming solos and whatnot for each song. Tricky stuff for filming within a small space with low light where the only communication we could use between cameramen was with hand gestures, but I think the end result came out alright! Be sure to check out Alex Pinto’s website and listen to his music. It’s cool beans!

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This is a video my brother Tim Howarth and friend Tim Finn of Terrabang Studios made to test out Twixtor. Twixtor is a plug-in you can get for certain video editing programs (they used After Effects) that enables you to simulate the type of slow motion footage you might get from a high speed camera. Below is what Tim Howarth posted on Terrabang about the project, or visit the original here.

Finn and I decided to head over to the Concord Skate Park to meet up with a friend of ours to see what we could capture using the 7D at 60fps and some added digital slow motion, courtesy of After Effects and Twixtor.
We shot for about an hour and a half at various shutter speeds and using a couple of different lenses.  Then we spent about 2 hours editing and working out the slow motion.  We took the 60fps shots and interpreted them back down to 24fps, giving us true slow motion.  We’ve done this overcranking effect with real film before, and wanted to see how digital compared.  If we wanted some additional slow-mo, we implemented Twixtor.  Do a little bit of color grading, throw some cool music on there, and it’s ready for export.  I don’t remember how long rendering took, but that’s irrelevant anyway.  Here you have it, a quick and dirty but fun little test.

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Here are some music projects I have worked on, either composing, playing, producing, or all of the above. Feel free to download and use them if the option is available!

THE MANIFESTATIONS OF RAY GALLE

The original score to The Manifestations of Ray Galle was composed in a few days and performed and recorded entirely by Chris and Chris of Ray’s Apathy. There’s a strong theme throughout the tracks, and they fit perfectly with the awkwardness of the main character and his “condition.” The tracks range from the strong and full theme of Wake Up and See Things to the bare and simple last track of105. Hopefully you can find a creative use for the tracks in your project or build on top of what is already there.

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2CENT DIME FOR A PENNY’S THOUGHT

Admittedly, 2cent Dime for A Penny’s Thought was one of the strangest films we’ve ever made. Based on the short story by P.J. Jenkins, the film follows four individuals who…nevermind. In keeping with Mr. Jenkins’ very strange style and storytelling, each track is named after a day, which has to do with a character, which has to do with a theme, which has to do with…nevermind. Nobody knows what happened to P.J. Jenkins. He was a reclusive guy anyway, and we only had the pleasure of meeting him once. Even then, some rumor that he sent a body double, or an android, because Mr. Jenkins has not been seen since the 60’s. Only one blurry photograph of him exists. He will forever remain a vague mystery, much like this film. Enjoy the score, composed in two days in a basement with no chairs and the main theme influenced by Jon Brion. It came out to be one of our favorite scores.

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